A toxicology report has come back to Fort St. John RCMP today confirming the seizure of fentanyl and heroin. The report was ordered after police performed a traffic stop in June, and seized an unspecified amount of green pills.
Fenanyl is a synthetic opioid drug that is 80-100 times more potent than morphine according to an RCMP release. Police say the drug has increased in popularity recently as it’s used as a cutting agent, or an alternative for heroin, or production of oxycodone pills.
In a release Corporal Jodi Shelkie of the Fort St. John RCMP said, “This is the first time that heroin has shown up in a drug seizure in our community in recent history. Historically cocaine was the predominant illegal drug in Fort St. John. More recently, large amounts of illicit Fentanyl has been seized. It’s known that Fentanyl is produced in clandestine drug labs using various cutting agents. The fact that heroin has been discovered in illicit Fentanyl pills in Fort St. John is very troubling.”
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Pills sold as oxycodone on the street are often actually fentanyl pills. According to police given the presence of fentanyl, heroin, and other drugs within the pill, those that believe they are using oxycodone are at a bigger risk to overdose.
One pill has the potential to kill someone, and low end dealers are often unaware of what it is that they are selling.
In 2013 in Fort St. John there were three overdoses involving fentanyl, of which two resulted in death. In 2014 there were nine overdoses, of which four resulted in death.